Big Idea: It can be easy to associate baggage with Elders. However, Paul reminds us that Eldering is a noble task that the Church desperately needs. Eldering accomplishes three noble tasks: 1) Lead Us Forward, 2) Care Deeply For Us, and 3) Protect Us from Danger.
- Talk about an Elder you know or have known who you believe was an excellent Elder? What were they like?
Read 1 Timothy 5:19-22
- Based on this text what do you think the environment of the Church in Ephesus was like?
a. How do you think Timothy felt in this church?
b. How do you feel with this description of the Ephesian church?
Read Acts 20:17, 28-31
- An Elder is a wise, experienced man who mentors others in the faith. What can potential Elders or new Elders do to connect with people as they begin the mentoring process?
- Paul tells the Elders of Ephesus “to keep watch over themselves and all the flock.” Why is it important for Elders to watch themselves first?
- What are Paul’s warning to the Elders in Ephesus?
a. How can Elders help the Church deal with wolves outside of the Body of Christ?
b. How can Elders loving deal with disciples who “rise up and distort the truth among us” without doing harm to the body as a whole?
Read 1 Peter 5:1-4
- Why can Peter say the things he says in this passage?
a. How can Elders model Peter’s example in their own lives?
- Peter calls the Elders to Shepherd in this passage. The sermon mentioned three ways Elders shepherd: 1) Leading Us Forward, 2) Care Deeply for Us, and 3) Protect Us from Danger. Which of these three seems the hardest or most draining to you?
- What other advice does Peter give to fellow Elders in this passage? Which of these would be hardest for you?
- What is the motivation of for eldering, overseeing and shepherding according to Peter?
- What other thoughts or questions do you have about the sermon?
Go and Do: Is there someone you think would make an excellent Elder? What can you do this week to encourage them to pursue the noble task of Eldering?